San Francisco is the name of one district in the ‘Cordillera Central’ also called ‘La Zona de los Santos’ but this is also the name of the farm from Edgar Fallas Solis, his wife Ligia and their son Willian. The family owns 10-12 hectares of coffees intercropped with avocados, citrus and banana trees. The farm is split in a few different parcels culminating from 1,400 to 2,000 masl. The micro lots are produced at 1,800 + masl.
Edgar is the second generation working on this 55-year-old farm originally planted with Caturra with now the addition of Catuai and Catimore. They get seedlings from the national research center Icafe.
At the moment the fertilization plan is 50/50 organic and chemical but Edgar would like to make it 75/25. Protecting environment is really important for him. A lot of biodynamic technics are used in the farm (use of garlic, chili, intercropping, etc.). He’s really aware of climate change and of the necessity of adapting his farming.
At the peak of the season, 15 people are working with the family to harvest all the cherries. Edgar and hi family are members of the Asoproaaa Coop where the micro lots were processed to ensure the quality and consistency of the lots.
The content of sugar in cherries is monitored by the family using Brix meter to know when to harvest (between 21 and 28 depending on the variety the coffee is harvested)
Willian, the son, took brewing classes for 4 years and is now competing and won a national championship. He knows a lot about the coffee supply chain and quality and will take over the farm when his dad retires.
San Francisco, Costa Rica
Flavour : Papaya, mango and apricot, cheesecake notes and a caramel finish
Altitude : 1750 masl
SCA Score : 86.75
Processing : Natural